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Challenge your struggling readers and English Language Learners to successfully tackle difficult text! This 27-page document includes Constructing Meaning-style text of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "Letter from Birmingham Jail" and is chunked with
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Are you looking for ways to increase your students' engagement and choice while holding them accountable for rhetorical analysis skills and knowledge? This portfolio assignment allows students opportunities to exercise their creativity while honing
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UPDATED FOR THE 2016-2017 SCHOOL YEAR! Challenge your students to blend close reading and argumentation skills as they broaden their world views! Assertion journals--written responses to pithy quotations--are an integral part of my classroom.
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Help students master the art of close reading with two analysis templates. In the first template, students use rhetorical analysis strategies to analyze texts through the PASTA device. Students are prompted to craft side-by-side summaries and
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Challenge your struggling readers and English Language Learners to successfully tackle difficult text! This Constructing Meaning-style text of Abraham Lincoln's "Gettysburg Address" is two pages, double-spaced, with line numbers. In the right
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Designed to be used with a synthesis essay prompt, this graphic organizer will guide students through creating a thesis statement through the lens of syllogisms and enthymemes. Part I: Notes Part II: Observations from class thesis statements Part
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UPDATED FOR THE 2016-2017 SCHOOL YEAR! Differentiate for your students during discussions by strategically using these Depth of Knowledge-aligned discussion cards. Colorful designs complement leveled critical thinking questions, designed to be
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Looking to add new AP Language and Composition resources to your digital file cabinet? This GROWING BUNDLE includes all of my paid AP Language and Composition products at a 20% discount. This means that you receive my current products at this price,
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Teach sophisticated thesis writing with this bundle! Buy the note-taker/graphic organizer (key included) and PowerPoint presentation bundle together and SAVE! AP Language and Composition Thesis as Enthymeme Graphic Organizer Designed to be used
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This Tone Words Reference Page will give your students a bank of sophisticated words to use in their analysis of complex texts. Words are grouped by connotation (positive, negative, neutral) and categorized by common concepts (joy, anger, etc.).
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Help your students improve the precision and power of their writing! This student handout provides over 100 verbs to help students write effective analysis and nearly 400 verbs to help students write stronger arguments. Suitable for all levels of
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The heavy lifting of breaking down English Language Arts standards is done for you in this extensive data tracking system!As standards-based teaching and data collection become a more and more prominent part of our jobs, it's important to look for
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Developing Your Academic Voice: An Organizer for Student Reference Print and teach--then watch your students refer to this resource again and again throughout the school year! Great for the first weeks of school to set expectations for academic
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Teaching students to analyze tone is tricky! This graphic organizer walks them through tone analysis for a short story, step by step. Students will start by summarizing the text and examining character descriptions and actions. They will examine
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NEW FOR THE 2016-17 SCHOOL YEAR! Challenge your struggling readers and English Language Learners to successfully tackle difficult text! This 13-page document includes Constructing Meaning-style text of Elie Wiesel's "Perils of Indifference" speech.
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Cubing is a writing exercise in which AP Language and Composition students will explore a concept through six "sides" of a cube, from description to taking a stance. Each side is increasingly complex and will challenge your students to think
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These research-based (Marzano) proficiency scales for synthesis, rhetorical analysis, and argumentation will foster a growth mindset in your AP Language and Composition students while making strong essay writing achievable. Proficiency scales marry
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Help your students get the most out of the writing process! This activity will take students through reflection about and revision of one paragraph of analysis writing they have already completed. Students will make strategic choices as writers,
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This NO PREP activity is great for the first weeks of school, community building, or any time you want your students to make a personal connection with each other! Students will rotate in Speed Dating-like fashion and hold quick, high-interest
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Students will beg, plead, implore you to play THE GAME again and again. Year after year, my students cite THE GAME as one of their most memorable, provocative, and useful activities. This team-based approach introduces students to argumentation
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I am a high school English teacher with experience teaching grades 9-12, including ELD, reading intervention, co-op special education, and AP Language and Composition classes. I am constantly seeking ways to improve my practice so that all levels of students receive the best possible education. In addition to teaching, I work at a summer camp for gifted and talented students and teach weekend study sessions for AP Language and Composition students.

MY TEACHING STYLE

I believe in innovation, creativity, and passion; as educators, much of what we do depends on what we prioritize in our classrooms. I try to balance Constructivist approaches with college preparation so that students are prepared for testing, college, and career while considering the moral and social implications of all that they do.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

Summer Camp Keynote Speaker, 2012 and 2013 Technology Grant Recipient: class laptops and Promethean board National Society of Collegiate Scholars, 2006-present University of Northern Colorado College of Humanities and Social Sciences Award of Excellence, 2008 University of Northern Colorado Honors Program Award of Excellence, 2008

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

I graduated from University of Northern Colorado in 2009 and began teaching in an urban school district in the Denver area after working as a substitute. I have completed graduate work in teaching English Language Learners and working with gifted, talented, and creative learners. I'm currently working on my MA in GT Education.

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

When I'm not in the classroom, I love spending time with my husband (also an English teacher), toddler, infant, and dog. We hike, camp, fish, ski, and generally soak in the great outdoors.

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